In this series of posts, I will be discussing how key stakeholders can make a difference in projects related to ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) areas. I have seen some amazing partnerships, especially those between industry, government, and academia, and I would like to feature here some that are making a difference, or at least are about to make a difference.
I want to put the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) at the base of these posts for proper context. So, it makes sense to have a quick refresher on the here.
The best source for the UN SDGs, is (no big surprise here) the UN. Their site (https://sdgs.un.org/goals) has expansive details on the 17 SDGs, but let’s at least list them here and provide the backdrop.
The SDGs were part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed to by all nations in 2015. The entire Agenda can be found here: https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda.
The main “areas” of focus include the word Partnership, so it fits nicely into this blog series.
We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.
The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.
Here are the 17 SDGs:
- Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
- Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
- Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
- Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
- Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
- Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
They are often shown graphically as follows:
In this series, I will be covering at least these examples:
Coolschools, an effort of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
EcoCar™ , a partnership to develop hybrid and electric cars
The Clean Up Mekong project
If you have other suggestions, please let me know. Some of them may make it into our WorldSavers™ video blog.